H.E. Amb. Elshad Iskandarov is President of Istanbul based Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC), an international institution affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Amb. Iskandarov started his carrier as a youth activist and served as Board Member and then Vice-President of the National Assembly of Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan (NAYORA). His professional carrier started with Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the department of International Organizations and later he was seconded to the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN, New York. In 2004, Amb. Iskandarov was among the founding members of ICYF-DC and elected Secretary General of the institution. During his service as Secretary General he managed to finalize the institutionalization of ICYF-DC and its getting international recognition as a youth platform of the OIC.
Amb. Iskandarov was appointed as Chairman (State Minister) of the State Committee for Religious Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2012 and served in this position for 2 years. In October 2014, he was elected President of ICYF-DC. In the framework of his professional commitments he attended different types of numerous international gatherings and conferences.
Amb. Iskandarov was graduated from the Columbia University (New York) – MA in International Relations and Public Affairs. He speaks English, Turkish and Russian fluently. Native language is Azerbaijani.